Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Target 7.2: Green Procurement
As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.
Scope and Context [optional]
Shared Services Canada’s (SSC) reporting against Target 7.2: Green Procurement describes how SSC takes action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement. SSC is bound by the Policy on Green Procurement, but not the Federal Sustainable Development Act.
Link to the Organization’s Program(s)
Internal Services
Performance Measurement
Expected result
Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014.
  • Consolidate contracts, thus enabling efficiencies in the supply chain and service delivery;
  • Integrate environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process;
  • Promote Canada School of Public Service course C215 – Green Procurement, primarily to functional specialists in procurement and/or materiel management;
  • Continue to engage partner departments, including Public Services and Procurement Canada (former Public Works and Government Services Canada), Environment and Climate Change Canada (former Environment Canada), Natural Resources Canada and Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, to develop baseline Departmental Green Procurement targets and performance indicators (e.g. temperature ratings, power availability, usage effectiveness and efficiency, energy consumption, toxic and hazardous chemical/substance content, equipment packaging, heavy metals, production processes (water consumption), solid waste, etc.);
  • Implement an Electronic Procurement system to enable integrated procurement and payment operations, and facilitate category management.
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in fiscal year 2015–16. Number: 84 of 96 (87.5%)
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in fiscal year 2015–16. Data not available
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved Leverage common-use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Achieved
7.2.2. Incorporate environmental considerations into procurement instruments. [Applies only to Public Works and Government Services Canada.] N/A
Best Practice
7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.
Best Practice
7.2.4. Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers.
[Departments (other than Public Services and Procurement Canada) that establish their own procurement instruments with environmental considerations, similar to the process used by Public Services and Procurement Canada, may include implementation strategy element 7.2.2 as a best practice in this row.] Best Practice:
Shared Services Canada’s (SSC) commitment to environmental standards was recognized with a 2015 Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Purchaser Award, in recognition of environmental leadership, demonstrated by the green procurement of electronics in 2014.

SSC is the sole Government of Canada recipient of the EPEAT award. Environmental stewardship policies have become a mainstay of SSC’s green procurement strategy.

Assessment criteria for procurement of green electronics within government include environmental performance considerations and potential impacts and costs associated over the life cycle of goods, including use and disposal. Other environmental factors that may be reviewed are the manufacturing process; reduction of hazardous materials; energy consumption; performance and quality; as well as design for re-use, recycling and packaging.

7. Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2015–16 reporting cycle, Shared Services Canada considered the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. As Shared Services Canada did not develop any initiatives that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment, no related public statements were produced.

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